''The American Prospect'' is a daily online and quarterly print American political and public policy magazine dedicated to American liberalism and progressivism. Based in Washington, D.C., ''The American Prospect'' says it aims "to advance liberal and progressive goals through reporting, analysis, and debate about today's realities and tomorrow's possibilities."


The magazine was founded in 1990 (and initially called ''The Liberal Prospect'') by Robert Kuttner, Robert Reich, and Paul Starr as a response to the perceived ascendancy of conservatism in the 1980s. Kuttner and Starr currently serve as co-editors. As of June 2019, David Dayen serves as Executive Editor and Ellen J. Meany serves as Publisher. Current editors include Managing Editor Jonathan Guyer, Co-Founder and co-editor Robert Kuttner, Editor-at-Large Harold Meyerson, Co-Founder and Co-Editor Paul Starr, and Deputy Editor Gabrielle Gurley. Staff writers and contributors have included Gabriel Arana, Steve Erickson, Adele Stan, Paul Waldman, and EJ Dionne. Upcoming notable contributors to the Prospect’s print and online magazine include author David Garrow and Harvard Law professor Randall Kennedy. ''The Prospect'' has several programs to focus on the development of the next generation of progressive writers and journalists. Its internship program counts among its alumni Bernie Sanders advisor Matt Duss. Former ''Prospect'' intern Sheri Avi-Yonah was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for 2021. Its writing fellowship program enables young writers to develop their skills under an intensive mentoring program that is widely regarded as one of the foremost springboards to fulfilling and impactful careers in journalism and the academy. Program alumni include Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias,; Jamelle Bouie, and Adam Serwer; Chris Mooney, Joshua Micah Marshall, Dana Goldstein, Nicholas Confessore, and Kate Sheppard. In March 2010, ''The American Prospect'' entered into an affiliation with Demos, a public policy research and advocacy center based in New York City. The official affiliation ended in 2012. That year, the magazine nearly folded due to financial struggles, but it was able to raise enough money to stay afloat. In 2014, the magazine re-purposed itself as a "quarterly journal of ideas". Kit Rachlis announced he was leaving the editorship of the magazine, senior writer Monica Potts and editor Bob Moser were laid off, while several other editorial staffers left the publication. New staff were hired and the organization built back up. In its early years, the Prospect also undertook a cutting-edge project to connect progressive organizations through its Moving Ideas Network (www.movingideas.org), originally called the Electronic Policy Network, where staff wrote policy statements, advocacy actions, and reports from the late 1990s through 2006 when the project was "adopted" by Care2. The network was absorbed into Care2's Frogloop and general operations. In 2019, The Prospect celebrated its 30th anniversary. Said Co-Founder Bob Kuttner at the anniversary gala: "''The Prospect'' has been all about connecting dots—between the structural corruptions of capitalism, the deep analysis of how that operates politically, the narrative story of how regular people experience it, the related corruption of our democracy, and the movement politics of taking America back." Current executive editor David Dayen has introduced a new motto to ''The'' ''Prospect'': “Ideas, Policy, Power.” Dayen has reported extensively on the coronavirus pandemic with his daily newsletters Unsanitized and First 100, and pointed ''The Prospect''’s coverage towards Washington insider knowledge, including series like Cabinet Watch, which broke news of several of Joe Biden’s high-profile Cabinet appointments. ''The Prospect''’s reporting has had real-world implications for Washington’s political landscape. In August 2017, co-founder Robert Kuttner received an unsolicited phone call from then-White House advisor Steve Bannon, in which Bannon railed against identity politics and trade policy. Shortly after the interview was published, Bannon was fired. The Prospect has also reported on campus sexual assault and broken the news of President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy officials’ connections to consulting firm WestExec. In 2020, ''The Prospect'' introduced its flagship Day One Agenda series outlining the ways in which President-Elect Joe Biden can use executive power to implement progressive policy. Reporting from the series has been cited in Vox, Salon, and The Washington Post. As of 2020, ''The Prospect'' partners with news organizations including The Intercept and ''Dissent Magazine''.

Accolades, Awards, and Recognition

In 2010, ''The American Prospect'' was the recipient of ''Utne Reader'' magazine's Utne Independent Press Award for Political Coverage. In 2017, then-''Prospect'' columnist Adele M. Stan won the prestigious Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. Her reporting on the American far-right predicted the Trump presidency. The committee wrote of Stan’s work: “Stan’s prescient 2016 portfolio stands as a chilling testimony to fearless commentary, and signals the changes we need in public life and in journalism to preserve civil liberties and pursue social justice.” Deputy Editor Gabrielle Gurley was named a finalist in the NABJ 2020 Salute to Excellence Awards, Commentary (Magazines Under 1 Million) for her piece “African Americans Know Pete Buttigieg Very Well.”


Originally ''The American Prospect'' published quarterly, then bimonthly. In 2000, thanks to a grant from the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, it became biweekly. Financial and logistical difficulties ensued, and the magazine moved to a ten-issue-per-year format in spring 2003 and a bimonthly format in summer 2012. The online version of the magazine includes an active blog called TAPPED (derived from TAP, the acronym of ''The American Prospect''), as well as a blog by Adam Serwer. Facing financial issues, the magazine reduced its bi-monthly publication schedule to a quarterly publication schedule in 2014. ''The Prospect'' releases periodic special issues. Recently, special issues have included one dedicated to the Green New Deal and environmental policy. Another special issue focused on family care which included an exclusive interview with Senator Elizabeth Warren focused on her plans for health and family care.


Notable contributors to the magazine and blog have included: *Bruce Ackerman *Spencer Ackerman *Gabriel Arana *Jamelle Bouie *EJ Dionne *David Garrow *Michelle Goldberg *Harold Meyerson *Jonathan Chait *Jonathan Cohn *Nicholas Confessore *Garance Franke-Ruta *Ann Friedman *Dana Goldstein *Joshua Green *Arlie Hochschild *Randall Kennedy *Ezra Klein *Michael Massing *Joshua Micah Marshall *Chris Mooney *Jedediah Purdy *Kit Rachlis *Mark Schmitt *Scott Stossel *Michael Tomasky *Murray Waas *Paul Waldman *Matt Yglesias


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